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03/17/2012 11:43 am ET

NCAA Tournament 2012 Live Updates: Syracuse vs. Kansas State, Ohio State vs. Gonzaga

Well, that was wild. We can only hope the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament is at least half as exciting as the second day. Saturday kicks off the third round of March Madness, beginning with No. 1 Syracuse taking on No. 8 Kansas State. The Orange survived a scare from No. 16 UNC-Asheville, pulling away in the final minutes (some might say with a little help from the refs) and winning, 72-65.

The second game features one of the two remaining No. 2 seeds, Ohio State. Unlike the Duke Blue Devils and Missouri Tigers, the Buckeyes rolled over the No. 15 seed Loyola (MD) to advance and will square off against No. 7 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs never took their feet off the gas against the Mountaineers of West Virginia and went on to win, 77-54.

Will the third No. 2 seed fall? Without Fab Melo, is this the end of the line for the Orange?

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03/17/2012 5:12 PM EDT

FINAL

OHIO STATE BEATS GONZAGA 73-66

03/17/2012 5:12 PM EDT

Gonzaga misfires on a 3 and Ohio State is going to win this one.

03/17/2012 5:11 PM EDT

Buford misses the first...

03/17/2012 5:10 PM EDT

8.8 seconds left and now Buford is going back to the line.

03/17/2012 5:09 PM EDT

Bell somehow banks in a 3. That was wild. Four-point game.

03/17/2012 5:07 PM EDT

Buford knocks them both down. 70-63 OSU. 13.9 seconds left. Timeout Gonzaga.

03/17/2012 5:06 PM EDT

Harris makes both and now it's a 5-point game. 22.4 seconds left and now Buford is at the line.

03/17/2012 5:05 PM EDT

Pangos misses a 3 but Harris gets fouled on the put back. 23.3 seconds left.

03/17/2012 5:05 PM EDT

68-61 OSU

Sullinger makes both. 30 seconds left.

03/17/2012 5:04 PM EDT

Harris missed them both and Sacre is called for the foul on Sullinger.

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